Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has welcomed news that negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU are now moving to Phase 2 following agreement on all three strands of the Phase 1 process. Phase 2 will deal with our economically critical east / west trading relationship.
Deputy Martin commented, “We welcome the news this morning that agreement has been reached on the important Phase 1 of the Brexit talks, especially the fact that language has been agreed on there being no hard border on the island of Ireland going forward.
“However, the text published this morning repeats a number of times that nothing has been agreed until everything has been agreed. The Phase 2 process is where the most difficult issues of trade and future relationships will be tackled and it is important that as a country we maintain a close and coherent focus on what it is we want from this process.
“The last few days have also demonstrated in a very vivid way the absolute requirement for the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly. It is my view that the absence of the institutions in the North was a contributing factor to the problems on Monday and it is essential that the North has a voice in the next critical phase.”